Northern Bottlenosed Whales in Skjálfandi

For the last week or so we have spotted two northern bottlenosed whales in many of our tours. These whales are rarely seen in inlets and bays, preferring deeper waters. No other whale species, except sperm whales, dives as deep as the northern bottlenose whale. Their diet, like that of other toothed whales, consists mainly…

Rémy Tokouda

This summer Rémy Tokouda from New-Caledonia has been working for us here at North Sailing. Rémy arrived in beginning of June. He was hitchhiking around Iceland and wanted to earn a some money to continue his journey. But he liked it so much here that he decided to spend the rest of his time in Iceland…

Jumping Humpback whale

Two days ago passengers on board schooner Haukur and Bjössi Sör witnessed a very active Humpback whale jumping for about 3 hours without stopping. We have seen some jumps this summer but nothing like that. When they jump the usually just do it few times but this one reminded us of the Humpback that jumped…

Busy day

Today we had a really big day so big that we had to rent an extra boat, Níels Jónsson, a 30 ton oak boat from Eyjarfjörður. We took Níels out for two tours today and we were very happy with the boat. The weather was fantastic today, sunny and 20°C and the Bay is full…

Killer whales killing a minke whale!

About a 100 passengers on North Sailing boats witnessed a group of Killer whales killing a Minke whale today. Something very few people have witnessed before was encountered by two of North Sailing boats.  It was an emotional moment when people could see the wild nature at its wildest when the minke whale was being slaughtered.…

Plenty of whales in Skjálfandi Bay

For the last few days there has been a lot of whales inside Skjálfandi Bay. We have spotted Dolphins, Minkes, a lot of Humpbacks and Blue whales. The weather has also been good and the weather forecast for the week is great.     Passengers taking pictures of a Humpback whale.     Annual Húsavík…

Humpbacks and Minkes

Skjálfandi Bay is full of whales at the moment. This morning we sailed across the Bay and saw four Humpback whales and six Minke whales close to the mountains of Kinn.     One of the Humpback whales between two of North Sailings boats, Bjössi Sör and Knörrinn     One of the Humpback whales…

Blue Whales again

This morning we spotted three Blue whales in Skjálfandi Bay. We haven't seen the Blue whales now for more than a week so we were really glad to see those giants again.     Passenger on board schooner Haukur looking at one of Blue whales     The Blue whales were very calm so it was easy…

A sunny day

Today, after a lot of fog, rain and cold northerly wind for the last few days, the sun started to shine again here in Húsavík. This morgning we took both Náttfari and Bjöss Sör out for whale whatching with 115 passengers.     One of the Humpback whales close to our boat Náttfari    …

Blue Whales become common visitors to Skjálfandi Bay

In 2006, Húsavík whale watchers saw a surge in the number of humpback whales.  Two years later, even larger whales are visiting Skjálfandi Bay in record numbers.     One of the Humpback whales in Skjálfandi bay.     Why are so many oversized tourists visiting Húsavík? Alas, they are only here for the food……

Humpback almost inside the harbour

Sometimes we don´t have to go far away from the harbour to find the whales. Last night when we were coming back to the harbour from the evening tour we found a Humpback whale almost inside the harbour. This was a fantastic end of a successful tour because erlier we spotted Blue whales, another Humpback…

Wounded Humpback whale

The wounded Humpback whale has been here in the bay for at least one week now. He has been very lively and we are pretty sure that he is not in a lot of pain from his wounded fluke. But it is clear that this Humpback has got tangled in a ghost net (net that…

The Blue whales are here again – Pictures

Captain Hrólfur and guide Þórdís managed to find two Blue whales just few minutes ago. One of those Blue whales is really big, more then 20 meters long, and the crew managed to get very close to this unbelievably big animals.        This is the second time this season that we see Blue whales here in Skjálfandi bay and…

Trip to Grímsey island next saturday

We will sail to Grímsey island next saturday, 21st of July if weather conditions are good and enough participation. Departure from the North Sailing dock at 15:00.       Price: 6500 ISK Included: Icelandic meat soup and beverage on the way to Grímsey island, and hot chocolate & cinnamon rolls on the way back…

Three incentive tours last saturday

Along with the four scheduled whale watching tours on last saturday we went on three incentive tours with staff from icelandic company´s, Eimskip, Air Iceland and Húnagull, all in all 288 passengers. Staff from Eimskip playing volleyball in Flatey island The first group from Eimskip went on board Bjössi Sör and sailed to Flatey island.…

Five Blue Whales

The Blue whales are spread around the bay and they are diving for a very long time. But captain Hreiðar managed to get close to two Blue whales and all the passengers on board Bjössi Sör had a good look at these majestic animals.   We sure hope that the Blue whales will stay here in the bay…

Blue Whales in Skjálfandi bay

Just a few minutes ago the crew on board Náttfari spotted two Blue whales in Skjálfandi bay. Náttfari is now on its way back home with 56 passengers from the morning trip. Next tours are at 13:30, 17:00 and 20:15. Hopefully we will have some pictures and more information about the Blue whales later today

Food chain and ecosystem in Skjálfandi bay

Last week Ph.D. Marianne Helene Rasmussen went on two whale watching tours with us to collect some samples of phytoplankton and zooplankton, which is the first two levels in the food chain. This study is part in a project to study the food chain and ecosystem in Skjálfandi bay.     In the first tour on…

Mother and a calf

A rare sight was seen yesterday when we spotted a mother Minke with a small calf alongside her. The calf was very curious and came pretty close to our boat, but the mother was very awake and protective and always placed herself between the calf and the boat. We didn´t want to disturb them for…